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Interested in $10,000,000? Ready to turn in the Clop ransomware crew? – Naked Security

The latest cybercrime exploits attributed to the Clop ransomware crew have taken a new approach that deviates from traditional ransomware attacks. While conventional attacks involve scrambling files and demanding a large sum of money for a decryption key, the Clop gang has evolved to take copies of vital files and use them as leverage. Scrambling files on multiple computers simultaneously is faster than uploading them to the cloud, making it easier for the criminals to target multiple victims at once. In today’s cloud computing world, attacks that involve stealing and encrypting files are common. The attackers not only hold your data hostage but also threaten to sell or publish it if you refuse to pay. In some instances, criminals may skip the file scrambling part and solely focus on blackmailing victims to keep their stolen data a secret. The recent MOVEit attacks, for example, exploited a zero-day vulnerability in the software and led to the theft of data from over 130 companies. The victims included employees whose payroll details were breached, even if their own employers were not MOVEit customers. The US Rewards for Justice team is offering a reward of up to $10 million for information leading to the identification or location of individuals involved in malicious cyber activities against US critical infrastructure.

Key points:
1. The latest Clop ransomware attacks involve stealing and encrypting vital files, providing the criminals with additional leverage.
2. Scrambling files on multiple computers simultaneously is faster than uploading them to the cloud, making it easier for the attackers to target multiple victims.
3. In today’s cloud computing world, attacks involving file theft and encryption are common.
4. Criminals may skip the file scrambling part and focus solely on blackmailing victims to keep their stolen data a secret.
5. The recent MOVEit attacks exploited a zero-day vulnerability, leading to the theft of data from over 130 companies.
6. The US Rewards for Justice team is offering a reward of up to $10 million for information on individuals involved in malicious cyber activities against US critical infrastructure.

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